The Gallery is a beautiful sunlit 1000 sq foot space with track lighting, exposed industrial ceilings and original hardwood floors, flanked by two 8 x 8 foot windows fronting Somerset Street. The café component encourage visitors to stay and reflect upon the work, to create conversation - a contrast to the traditional austere qualities of the typical gallery.
It features both solo and curated group shows for emerging and established artists with an emphasis on realism and representational art.
"Life on The Rock"
Meet The Artist Reception: Thursday Nov 6th , 6-9pm
Watercolours & Oils of Newfoundland
by Crystal Beshara
“Life on The Rock” is the double entendre referring to both the nickname given to the province of Newfoundland but also the actual micro-universe that lives on a rock. A body of work created in homage to her journey to and experience in Newfoundland in September of 2013.
From detailed, textural watercolours to large scale zen like oils, this is Crystal’s first body of work made up primarily of landscapes. She has temporarily put aside her rural roots and immersed herself in another provence's beauty and offerings.
"Its wild and rugged landscape has a unique ecosystem that varies extremely from region to region. With that comes an earthy palette so varied I near got whiplash straining to take in everything I could during my drive from St.John’s to the studio in Trinity, even in September. Treed, dense vegetation in one window and jagged outcrops of rocks painted with bright autumnal tundra. Of particular beauty is the Trepassey area (along the Irish Loop). Where once it supported one of the worlds largest roaming caribou herds, after a devastating parasite now it has diminished to only a few hundred, heart broken I knew immediately I wished to paint images to tell this story. I was also fascinated by the geology - from the grandiose scale of a single monolith to the tiniest pebbles, to the thinnest blood red shale. "
The piece entitled “The Weight of a Stone” (See the video below) is from an image I took on a 4 hour hike through Butter Pot Provincial park. The rocks are Precambrian era and are approximately 600 million years old. After the last glacation, huge boulders were left behind that take on rather anthropomorphic shapes. In this case they look to me like a small family, a baby shielded by the presence of it’s parents. I like the idea of linking our human experience to the natural world."
Past shenanigans and more images (featured below)
Proposals for solo shows from emerging and established artists working in realism, and contemporary realism are welcomed. Please allow 4-6 weeks for a response.
The Gallery is a beautiful sunlit 1000 sq. foot space with track lighting, exposed industrial ceilings and original hardwood floors, flanked by two 8 x 8 foot windows fronting Somerset Street.
It will feature both solo and curated group shows for emerging and established artists with an emphasis on realism and representational art. A cafe encourages patrons to stay and enjoy the ambience and good company.